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Amanda Izenstark, MLIS

  • Professor, University Library - Reference and Instructional Design Librarian
  • Office: 119 Library
  • Phone: 401.874.4582
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Courses Currently Taught: LIB 250: Information Research Across the Disciplines

Courses Previously Taught: LIB 120 Introduction to Information Literacy, LSC 504: Searching for Answers: Meeting Users’ Information Needs, LSC 547 Online Searching and Services

Liaison to: History


University of Rhode Island, MLIS, 2001

University of Massachusetts Boston, MA English, 1999

University of Massachusetts Boston, MA Psychology, 1995



Ferria, A., Gallagher, B. T., Izenstark, A., Larsen, P. J., LeMeur, K., McCarthy, C. A., & Mongeau, D. (2017). What are they doing anyway? Library as place and student use of a university library. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 12(1), 18-33.

Mason, I. M., Izenstark, A., & Xiao, J. J. (2017). The expanding impact and reach of Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning 28(1), 3-4.

MacDonald, M.C., Kinnie, J. & Izenstark, A. (2016). Do faculty know “IL”? Information literacy understandings and general education student learning outcomes. LOEX Quarterly.

Izenstark, A. & Leahy, K. (2015). Google Classroom for Librarians: Features and Opportunities. Library Hi Tech News, 32(9), 1-3.

Izenstark, A. (2014). Look good when you’re Googled: Creating and optimizing your digital identity. Library Hi Tech News, 31(9), 14-16.

Larsen, P., Izenstark, A., & Burkhardt, J. (2010). Aiming for assessment: Notes from the start
of an information literacy course assessment. Communications in Information Literacy, 4(1), 61-70.

Izenstark, A. (2009). Choosing the right free IM providers and clients for your library. Public Services Quarterly, 5(1), 41-48.

MacDonald, M. C., Izenstark, A., Gallagher, B. T., Kinnie, J., & Larsen, P. (2006). The real world: Developing information age issues forums. Reference Services Review, 34(4), 472-483.


Papers Published in Conference Proceedings

Izenstark, A., & MacDonald, M.C. (2014). Create your own Cephalonian adventure: An interactive session. Energize! Accelerate! Transform! – Fortieth National LOEX Library Instruction Conference Proceedings, Columbus, OH, May 3-5, 2012 (paper 39).

Izenstark, A., & MacDonald, M. C. (2010). Reduce, reuse, recycle: Revamping a freshman seminar information literacy program. Librarian as Architect: Planning, Building, and Renewing – Thirty-Sixth National LOEX Library Instruction Conference Proceedings, Oak Brook, IL, May 1-3, 2008 (pp. 113-118). Ypsilanti: LOEX Press.

Kinnie, J., MacDonald, M. C., & Izenstark, A. (2004). Stone soup: A recipe for collaboration and support. Reflective Teaching: A Bridge to Learning: Selected Papers Presented at the Thirty-First National LOEX Library Instruction Conference held in Madison, Wisconsin, 8-10 May 2003 (pp. 47-50). Ann Arbor: Pierian Press.


Recent Presentations, Panels, and Poster Sessions

Izenstark, A., Kinnie, J., & MacDonald, M. C. (2017, June 9). Librarians as Design Partners: How We Helped Faculty Spotlight IL. Presentation at the New England Library Instruction Group Annual Program, Fitchburg, MA.

Bowles-Terry, M. & Kvenild, C.M. (2017, April 25). Improve your instruction using classroom assessment techniques: A conversation with Melissa Bowles-Terry and Cassandra Kvenild. In A. Izenstark (moderator), ACRL Instruction Section Teaching Methods Committee Virtual Panel.

Kinnie, J., MacDonald, M. C., & Izenstark, A. (2017, March 28). Information Literacy and General Education: Supporting Student Success. Presentation at the NERCOMP Annual Conference, Providence, RI.

Izenstark, A. (2017, March 25) Picking Each Others’ Brains: Teaching Tips, Tools, and Techniques. Discussion facilitated at THATCamp New England, Boston, MA.

*Izenstark, A. (2017, March 23). Evaluate everything! In K. Stein (Chair), Finding Reliable Information in a “Post-Fact” World. Panel conducted at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI.

Larsen, P. & Izenstark, A. (2016, September 27). Unable to Traverse the Digital Divide. Presentation at University of Rhode Island Diversity Week, Kingston, RI.

*Izenstark, A. (2016, September 14). Avoiding the Plagiarism Trap. Presentation at Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar, Kingston, RI.

*Izenstark, A., Lovett, J., & Rathemacher, A. (2016, March 16). Measuring Your Research Impact: Citation and Altmetrics Tools. Presentation at the Association of Rhode Island Health Science Libraries Meeting, Providence, RI.

*Izenstark, A. & Hamelers, R. (2016, January 9). Unusual outreach and instruction: Examples, tips, and strategies. Presentation at the ACRL STS Hot Topics Discussion Group, ALA Midwinter Meeting, Boston, MA

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